August 26th was National Women’s Equality Day, a day to commemorate the accomplishment of the passage of the 19th Amendment.
The story of the women’s suffrage movement is not a well known one, but it is an extraordinary tale of persistence (80 years were spent working on the enfranchisement of women in the USA) and daring (Alice Paul led a hunger strike to call attention to prison abuse happening to suffragettes) and innovative social movement tactics — while the image of the Victorian Lady (Downtown Abbey) might dominate in popular culture, the variety of ways that suffragettes embraced and challenged constructions of femininity to create political opportunities fascinates me. As we gear up toward another chance to VOTE in Maine (69 days left as of August 26th 2014), consider learning a bit more about the events that led up to August 26th, 1920.
Download the National Women’s History Project 2014 brochure : http://www.nwhp.org/Equality_DayCopymaster2014.pdf
Or check out these updated book lists:
Just for fun, you might also want to view this video – Bad Romance : Women’s Suffrage (a take on the Lady Gaga classic)
posted: , by Kim Simmons